News to Know May 17: High school threat prompts police presence; a district adopts year-round school; summer heat has arrived

News to Know May 17

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It’s finally Friday, and summer heat has arrived. Here’s a look at today’s top headlines.

Summer heat has arrived!

We’re in for a hot and humid weekend, with temperatures staying above average all next week. Get outside and enjoy it!

High School Threat

A threat at Thomas Jefferson High School prompted an increased police presence Friday morning.

Specifics of the threat were not given, but Olivia Ugino has the latest:

Good morning! Richmond Police says they will increase security after a threat at Thomas Jefferson High School. Olivia Ugino has more details >> https://bit.ly/2W3rzh7

Posted by NBC12 on Friday, May 17, 2019

Year-Round School

This fall will be the last traditional school-year calendar for the city of Hopewell.

On Thursday night, the district voted to adopt a new year-round curriculum. The new schedule will begin in the summer of 2020, and will be the first of its kind in the state.

Church Burglary

Police say two Henrico men who broke into a Louisa church had time to cook themselves a meal inside! The men also stole the church’s van, which was later recovered.

Hull Street Changes

VDOT is making changes to the busy intersection of westbound Hull Street Road at southbound Chippenham Parkway after multiple crashes, some of them deadly.

The change will give drivers in the left turning lane more room. Candice smith explains:

Hull Street Road lanes at Chippenham Parkway

Infested Ash Trees

The emerald ash borer has infested ash trees in the city of Richmond. It’s been called “one of the most destructive forest pests to invade North America."

In an undated photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, an adult emerald ash borer is shown. The highly destructive insects which kill ash trees are metallic green and about 1/2-inch long.
In an undated photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, an adult emerald ash borer is shown. The highly destructive insects which kill ash trees are metallic green and about 1/2-inch long. (Source: AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

Virginia is offering a 50 percent cost-share program to treat ash trees via trunk injection. Approved applications will be reimbursed.

Loved to Death

Sometimes, people love their pets too much. Such was the case with Emma, a healthy Shih Tzu mix that was recently euthanized after its late owner left explicit instructions the dog be put down - and laid to rest - with her.

Loved to death: Burying pets with owners

It’s a practice that’s not only cruel, but one, that in most cases here in Virginia, is illegal.

Do you think euthanizing pets to be buried with dead owners OK? Sound off on our Facebook page here:

WOULD YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS? A Chesterfield woman put in her will that her beloved dog should be put down upon her death so its remains can be buried with her.

Posted by NBC12 on Thursday, May 16, 2019

$10 Vaccinations

If your pet needs a rabies shot, Henrico County Police will provide vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18 for only $10. For more information, call the Animal Protection Unit at 804-727-8801.

Dominion Energy Riverrock

The Dominion Riverrock is the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival. There will be concerts, rock climbing, kayaking, beer, dog jumping and more... and it’s free!

Dominion Energy Riverrock Festival is here

Final Thought

“Welcome to Friday. In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are properly stowed. Enjoy the ride.” - Unknown

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